William Crouch (1828-1899) was born in the City of Allegheny (now the North Side) of French descent. His great-grandfather was an early pioneer of the Washington County area; his grandfather William was born in 1776 in Washington County; his parents, George (born 1804)-a farmer and school teacher-and Mary (Van Wye), lived in Allegheny County, Washington County and Ohio.
William was a Democrat and member of the Castle Shannon lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization. He and his wife, Ellen/Eleanor Cooley (daughter of Nancy and Samuel Cooley, lived near the Castle Shannon vicinity. They had four children-Mary E., Nancy “Nannie,” who died when she was 8; Samuel Cooley, who died at age 26; and George, who died when he was 23. Although no stone has been found for Eleanor Cooley Crouch, she is probably buried here with her parents, husband and children.
William Crouch’s uncle and aunt were John and Ann Crouch. John (1809-1875) was a carpenter; he and Ann (1806-1857) had 11 children, of whom Frances Rebecca married W. Glenn Bigham, a grandson of William and Margaret (Herdman) Glenn.